Weight loss is something that can seem very intimidating. Onnig struggled to maintain a healthy active lifestyle in his adult years, “I didn’t want to move, I j ust wanted to sit. I didn’t want to get up to go to work. When I came home from work, I just wanted to have my dinner, and sit.” This would be a common occurrence for him. The lack of motivation was something he could not ignore. “I have 3 kids, so nights and weekends I would rather sit at home instead of going out and be active with my family.” Onnig knew something needed to be done.
Diets aren’t always helpful, Onnig says, “I was a huge diet soda person. I’m talking about 2 and a half liters a day.” Through his dieting, he found what did and did not work for him. This isn’t always as easy to figure out. “I tell anyone who has problems losing weight with liquid diets, or any other diet, that they work temporarily.” Onnig knew something else needed to happen if he wanted to gain his independence back.
He had friends that had other forms of bariatric surgery, “With stomach stapling, I’ve noticed my friends that have done it gained their weight back, whereas, with the Lap-Band, you have more control.” Like other Lap-Band patients, the ability to control their weight is all they need to hear. “If you get the Lap-Band, that’s a tool that you have in your body to assist you in losing weight. I’m using that tool to help me lose weight and keep it off. I’m happy to say I am a Lap-Band patient.” A useful tool that is removable was the perfect solution for Onnig.
Onnig, came back a changed man, “After my procedure, I feel very healthy, I’ve lost a lot of weight, I’m very active. My kids and I wake up early in the morning, we take road trips, and we are never at home. We like to hang out outdoors, so I have a new outlook on life, and I’m really enjoying the new me.” He has no regrets and recommends anyone looking for a solution to try the Lap-Band Program!
Speaking with a Lap-Band Surgeon can help you resolve any questions or concerns you might have. If you are wondering if the Lap-Band Program is right for you, find a local surgeon today. Your weight-loss journey is right around the corner.
The Lap-Band System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The Lap-Band System is not recommended for non-adult patients (patients under 18 years of age), patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The Lap-Band System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the Lap-Band System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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